The 2019 Climate Act’s zero-emissions mandates are infeasible, and the resulting reductions in greenhouse-gas emissions will not improve world climate.
The Supreme Court’s 6-3 decision in West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency is a long-overdue step to rein in an agency that has exerted hydra-like control over much of the U.S. economy through its regulations on virtually every activity that uses energy. The Court found that the EPA overstepped its authority, writing that “it is not plausible that Congress gave EPA the authority” to “[cap] carbon dioxide emissions at a level that will force a nationwide transition away from the use of coal to generate electricity.”
Sadly, the decision will do little to stop New York policy-makers from bankrupting their own state. For them, the rise in fuel prices over the last year has provided the perfect excuse to double down on the state’s misguided and quixotic green-energy policies.
Jonathan A. Lesser, PhD, is the president of Continental Economics, an economic consulting firm, and an adjunct fellow with the Manhattan Institute.
Photo by M A X I M/iStock